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Book Recommendation

Friday, March 12th, 2010

My friend Justin from back home in San Diego wrote a music scene memoir that’s being published by Soft Skull Press, and it’s now up for pre-sale. It’s basically the story of his life growing up in the punk scene. He’s a good dude and plays in some damn fine bands. (The Locust, Swing Kids, Crimson Curse, All Leather, etc.)

Here’s what the bio says about the book, “As an adolescent, Justin Pearson moved with his mother from Shit Creek Phoenix, AZ to sunny San Diego after his father was murdered on Halloween. There, he fell in with a subculture of young musicians playing some of the most original and brutal music in the world. Turns out the chaos of Pearson’s bands–The Locust, Swing Kids, and Some Girls–is nothing compared to the madness of his life. An icon of the West Coast noise and punk scene, Pearson managed to arrive at adulthood by outsmarting skinheads and dodging equally threatening violence at home. Once there, the struggle continued, with Pearson getting beat up on Jerry Springer and, on more than one occasion, chased out of town by ferociously angry audiences. From the Graveyard of the Arousal Industry is the outrageously candid story of Pearson’s life. In loving, meticulous detail, Pearson gives readers the dirt behind each rivalry, riff, and lineup change.”

You should do the man a solid and go buy it here from Powell’s Books.

BIO: Adam Gnade's (guh nah dee) work is released as a series of books and records that share characters and themes; the fiction writing continuing plot-lines left open by the self-described "talking songs" in an attempt to compile a vast, detailed, interconnected, personal history of contemporary American life. Check out recent writing here and songs here. Contact: adam@asthmatickitty.com